Innovation and Business Board

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) operates large science infrastructures on behalf of the UK at its National Science and Innovation Campuses at Harwell, SciTech Daresbury, Boulby Underground Science Facility, Chilbolton Observatory and the UKATC in Edinburgh.

These national laboratories serve a wide community of academic and industrial researchers from different sectors including space, pharmaceutical, advanced manufacturing, energy, healthcare and electronics.

The Innovation and Business Board aims to bring together leaders of major partners in innovation and industry, so we can draw upon their industrial experience and networks to inform STFC’s activities. The board members provide advice and guidance for new engagement strategies and feed back into the National Laboratories of STFC.

Board members

Core members

  • Hitesh Thakrar, STFC Council member (Chair)
  • Dr Angeli Moeller, STFC Council (Deputy Chair)
  • Hannah Randles, LyvaLabs
  • John Anderson, Imperial College London
  • Dr John Burgoyne, Oxford Instruments plc
  • Professor Michael Fitzpatrick, Coventry University
  • Simone Hume, Amazon Web Services
  • Dr Fiorangelo Salvatorelli, Alantra
  • Dr Graham Spittle, The University of Edinburgh
  • Ana Raposo, European Space Agency
  • Dr David Ruau, Nvidia
  • Helena Yin Koeppl, Amazon Web Services

Non-core members

  • Dr Alan Partridge, STFC Laboratories for Large Scale Facilities
  • Paul Vernon, STFC Business and Innovation

Terms of reference

The Innovation and Business Board will provide advice to STFC on how to accelerate end-to-end innovation and stimulate business growth, delivering on UKRI’s strategic objective for world-class innovation.

This work will be informed by:

  • UKRI Vision: an outstanding research and innovation system in the UK that gives everyone the opportunity to contribute and to benefit
  • UKRI Mission: to convene, catalyse and invest in close collaboration with others to build a thriving, inclusive research and innovation system that connects discovery to prosperity and public good
  • UKRI Values: we are collaborative partners; we are innovative, creative and catalysts; we act with integrity and we focus on excellence


The Innovation and Business Board will:

  • provide industry and business perspectives regarding STFC activities
  • provide advice on the implementation and future development of STFC’s Innovation, Campus and Industry Engagement strategies
  • assist STFC in demonstrating success by providing advice on measuring and communicating the impact and benefit of supported activities
  • provide input to STFC’s skills and expertise development plans to increase alignment with industrial needs as appropriate
  • provide advice on STFC funding opportunities and existing funding mechanisms
  • act as advocates for STFC across industry & business landscape

Meetings and reporting

The Innovation and Business Board convenes three times annually, supplemented by ad-hoc meetings scheduled as needed.

An annual report will be compiled and presented to the STFC Council.

For a meeting to be considered quorate, a minimum attendance of eight external members and two internal members is required.

The STFC Business and Innovation Directorate serves as the secretariat for the Innovation and Business Board.

The outlined terms of reference undergo an annual review for relevance and effectiveness.


For more information about the Innovation and Business Board, contact
Dymphie Webb.


Last updated: 5 April 2024

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